The search for the body of a young male in the sea off the Vigie beach has been called off for the remainder of the night due to poor visibility and bad weather caused by the passage nearby of Tropical Storm Bertha.
Reports are that Carlyle Emilien, 21, from Morne Serpent, Grand Riviere (Gros Islet), was playing football on the beach with friends when the ball went into the water.
He reportedly went to retrieve the ball from the water but apparently got lost in the rough sea.
The search for the body will resume tomorrow if weather conditions permit.
A tropical storm warning was issued for St. Lucia but was lifted by the government around 2 p.m. today. However members of the public were still warned to exercise caution.
Police received the drowning report at about 6:30 p.m.